Woods still a leading light at Ridgewood
Tiger Woods picked up where he left off with a birdie on his second hole to retain a share of the lead early in the second round of the Barclays tournament yesterday.
Woods, whose six-under-par 65 earned him a share of the lead after the first round, drained a four-foot birdie at the 475-yard par-4 11th to move to seven under par.
Kevin Streelman, who also started from the tenth hole, had a blistering second nine to complete an eight-under-par 63 that put him in the clubhouse on seven-under 135.
Streelman, who just missed out of joining a play-off the last time the Barclays was held at ridgewood Country Club, made four birdies in a row from his 12th hole and rolled in an 11 foot birdie at the last to cap off a brilliant round.
One stroke away was fellowAmerican Stewart Cink, who posted a 69 for a two-round total of 136 and could be well satisfied with his day’s work.
in the clubhouse another shot back on five-under-par 137 were Australian Adam Scott (71), ireland’s Padraig Harrington (68) and Americans Ben Crane (70), Tim Petrovic (69) and Webb Simpson (65). Neither could be discounted from the running.
Simpson birdied five of his last six holes to surge into con- tention at the opening event of the FedexCup play-offs.
The 121-man field was playing the ball down after being allowed to lift, clean and place on Thursday due to soggy conditions after heavy rain earlier in the week.
World No 2 Phil Mickelson was unable to take advantage of the receptive greens and looked likely to miss the cut after shooting 74 for a four-over-par total of 146.
However, Mickelson was assured of qualifying for the next tournament in the four-event play-offs, the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston, based on him being fourth in the standings entering the tournament.
The Barclays cut, which is to include the top 70 and ties, was projected to come at level par 142.
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